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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-16-2022, 05:28 PM  
In praise of a cheap third party battery.
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 41
Views: 2,173
They were charged with the charger the KP came with. I bought two KPs new, a black one and a silver one. The black one has performed flawlessly. The silver KP is the one with the bad batteries. The silver KP's shutter jammed (shortly after the one-year warranty expired) and the repair center had to send it to Pentax in Japan to have a brand new shutter installed. Since then it's worked perfectly.

On a different note, I bought two new K-70s from Adorama in August and when I opened the boxes there were extended warranty certificates from Ricoh extending the one-year period to two years. This made me feel much better about the solenoid issues some have experienced. The K-70 is nothing like the K-50. Pentax improved it in every way, making it an incredible camera.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-14-2022, 07:28 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 11,435
Views: 2,034,760
This question may be better asked (and answered) in the FA* thread found here: F* & FA* club! - PentaxForums.com

K-1 ii and FA 43


FA 77
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-14-2022, 07:11 PM  
In praise of a cheap third party battery.
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 41
Views: 2,173
I've had both good and bad camera brand batteries and third-party batteries. When I purchased my K-1 one Pentax battery had three contacts, the other Pentax battery had four.


Last year my KP had two Pentax batteries swell. One was inside the camera and it took a lot of effort to get the battery out. I have three or four third-party batteries for my Canon DSLRs which need replacing because of swelling.



Speaking of film cameras, I'd rather use SR44 batteries in them but it's cheaper and easier to find LR44 batteries. I guess that's not too different from using third-party batteries in a DSLR.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-13-2022, 07:32 PM  
China K1000 Prism desilvering solution ????
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 6
Views: 367
A few weeks ago I disassembled a broken MIJ K1000 to take out the prism for a made in China desilvered K1000. The Chinese one is functioning. The two prisms were very similar but not quite the same size. After a bit of work I got the larger non-Chinese prism in the newer body. I couldn't achieve focus with the older prism so I put the desilvered prism back in. I'll live with the small amount of desilvering.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-11-2022, 10:56 AM  
What Film Bodies Do We All Have
Posted By builttospill
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There are certain things I'd 3D print, and other things I wouldn't. Two of the paper roll holders (cheap plastic in an expensive printer) broke recently in my large format Epson 9900 printer. I had one of my students create a model of one of the unbroken pieces, and 3D printed the part (in pink) shown below. It cost me $0.04 in media compared to $150 for the replacement roll holder from Epson.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-10-2022, 12:23 PM  
What Film Bodies Do We All Have
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 514
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It even looks very similar to the F2.

Thanks. I'm not there yet. One day I'll get a few Minoltas but have too many other projects going right now.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-09-2022, 02:57 PM  
What Film Bodies Do We All Have
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 514
Views: 50,501
I've added another LX to my collection. This one is a newer version than my first LX so I may like this one more.

I've also added two Nikon F2 bodies, one black and one silver. One has an analog light meter viewfinder, the other a more expensive LED one. I'm running rolls of film through them and so far I prefer the analog viewfinder. I was planning on getting an olympics edition F5 to go with my F2s, F3, and F4, but the deal fell through.

Here's my original list: What Film Bodies Do We All Have - Page 31 - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Pentax K-70 01-01-2022, 02:33 AM  
Thinking about getting a K-70
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 25
Views: 791
I have three K-70s and two KPs. I haven't had any issues with the K-70s. I love it how Pentax has two e-dials on entry-level cameras (Canon's T8i is their first entry-level DSLR to have two dials). My silver KP had to go to Japan for a shutter replacement just after the warranty ended. My black KP has functioned flawlessly.

The K-70 is a great camera.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-04-2021, 04:06 PM  
DA 560 Compared to F* 250-600 (Lots of Photos)
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 23
Views: 3,782
Thank you. I use eBay as a last resort to find things when I can't find them anywhere else. That was the case for this filter.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-25-2021, 06:37 PM  
K-3 ISO vs K1 ISO
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 16
Views: 1,207
What metering mode was used? That's the first question to ask. Matrix metering will be very different on a crop sensor camera compared to a full frame camera. Make sure you're using spot metering and framing the subject the same for a better comparison.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-09-2021, 12:00 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By builttospill
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And here are a couple from me.
MX, Fuji 160S, FA 43


MX, Fuji 160S, M 40 2.8
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-09-2021, 11:56 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By builttospill
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Views: 3,070,780
Here's one from my oldest daughter's first roll of film. She was 11 years old at the time this was taken.
K1000 SE, Kodak 200, M 50 1.7


From her second roll of film two years later:
K1000 SE, WF 400 Italy (could be Ferrania, but I'm not sure - the canister only had this information on it), M 50 1.7
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 10-09-2021, 10:08 AM  
K-3II - a real pain in the neck
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 22
Views: 1,714
I'm right-eyed so my face doesn't get near the 4-way controller, but I'm guessing if it's not your thumb accidentally pressing the buttons, you're left-eyed. This might cause more accidental presses.

On the K-1 you can change an option in the menu to make the 4-way controller default to moving the focus points, much like the K10D and K20D operated. That's how my K-1 is set, so getting a newer model would help you prevent this.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-09-2021, 07:52 AM  
Pentax super program not doing auto cut-off
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 7
Views: 365
This is definitely not how my Super Program works. When I rotate the mode dial to L the camera turns off and doesn't use any battery power.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-05-2021, 08:52 AM  
Pentax MX metering
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 6
Views: 340
I love my two MX SLRs (one black and one silver). Hopefully you can fix yours. Here's a link to the service manual: http://www.mammola.net/manuali/Pentax_MX_service_manual.pdf
Forum: Sold Items 10-04-2021, 07:56 AM  
Wanted - Acquired: K1000 - A Few For School
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 4
Views: 136
If you have old but functional cameras sitting on the shelf, especially ones with dented prism top plates, I'll take them.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-01-2021, 09:30 AM  
Curious question about which F stops are lens flaws more likely to show up
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 14
Views: 758
Just for continuing conversation here, depending on the flaws of a lens different apertures can hide or reveal these. For example, a larger aperture can display more aberration or fringing, but a small aperture can show the effects of a scratch or defect in the glass because the depth of field is deeper. A shallow depth of field can hide cracks in the glass because the area in focus is far enough away from those cracks.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-30-2021, 09:34 PM  
What Film Bodies Do We All Have
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 514
Views: 50,501
I use all but three of my film cameras. I'm probably leaving a few out of this list.

SV
K1000
K1000 SE (brown)
KM
KX (black)
K2 DMD (2x)
MX (2x: one black, one silver)
ME Super (black)
Super Program
ZX-30
MZ-3 (silver)
*ist

Used to own S3, K2, LX, PZ-1p, ZX-50, ZX-60

Yashica FR (black)

Canon Elan ii
Canon Rebel
Canon Rebel G

Nikon F3
Nikon N6006
Nikon N65
Nikon F4

Leica IIIf

Hasselblad 500C/M (x2)
Hasselblad 500EL/M
Hasselblad 501C

Mamiya M645
Mamiya RB67

Linhof Technika 4x5
Calumet 4x5
Sinar 4x5
A 5x7 camera

Polaroid Land Camera

Several Kodak cameras from different generations
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-30-2021, 03:47 PM  
Is fine tuning the focus of my lenses necessary?
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 43
Views: 2,466
Yes, it's factory tolerances from cameras and lenses combined which create the issue.

Older lenses were built with less automation. Of course this can be both good and bad for production quality. I would expect high-end lenses, both modern and older ones, to have tighter tolerances during construction and assembly. Why do MIJ FA Limited lenses command a higher selling price than AIV Limited lenses? Unfortunately without knowing the QC and tolerances set, does assembling them by hand in Japan make them better than assembling them by hand in Vietnam? Some say there are no differences and there may not be, but I think lowering the costs of production can ultimately lower quality control.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-30-2021, 11:45 AM  
Is fine tuning the focus of my lenses necessary?
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 43
Views: 2,466
I don't use a lot of modern lenses because their images look too sterile in my opinion (I know this might be worth a new thread to discuss this, but I'm not trying to derail the thread). I've noticed older lenses don't need any calibration. If I'm spending a lot of money on high-end lenses I believe I shouldn't have to adjust them. So far this has been true and I've never needed to make an adjustment to a lens. I like the look and character in the images produced by older lenses so I rarely buy a modern lens.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-23-2021, 11:36 AM  
Problem with Pentax 300 mm, M* F4 lens
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 10
Views: 577
Make sure you enable aperture ring in the custom function menu, C 24.

Also, in the owners manual of the K-70, it says:
If the aperture ring is set to a position other than A, the
camera operates in Av mode regardless of the mode dial
setting except when set to M or B mode.

This describes what you are experiencing. Make sure it's in Manual mode because it's a manual lens without an A setting on the aperture ring.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-20-2021, 11:43 AM  
DA 560 Compared to F* 250-600 (Lots of Photos)
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 23
Views: 3,782
Yes, for both lenses.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-20-2021, 07:00 AM  
DA 560 Compared to F* 250-600 (Lots of Photos)
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 23
Views: 3,782
You're certainly welcome. Thanks for the kind words.


Lowell, sorry to hear this. Mine was a challenge to repair because when the lens was originally assembled the second lens section had an excessive amount of thread locker over the screws. The third section was the one with loose screws in my lens.


Good to know. I'm guessing my documentation was published before the FA* lenses were released.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-19-2021, 10:57 AM  
F series AF lenses
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 35
Views: 2,099
I have a few F and F* lenses. I prefer the FA* lenses to the F*, but prefer F over FA lenses.

Here's another thread you should take a look at: F* & FA* club! - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-18-2021, 12:15 PM  
DA 560 Compared to F* 250-600 (Lots of Photos)
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 23
Views: 3,782
As much as I'd like to go back to Alaska to replicate the filter tests to see if there is less purple fringing with the new filter, I won't be able to do this any time soon. I purchased a new Pentax 112mm PF filter and removed the B+W F-Pro 112mm filter from the DA 560. I haven't had any purple fringing since switching filters, but again I haven't been able to take the exact same shots for a fair comparison. The photos I've taken have had high-contrast areas though. Both filters are high quality but the Pentax one was not quite double the price of the B+W filter.




In case you were wondering which lenses come with a PF filter when purchased new, the instruction manual indicates there are only two lenses which include the filter, the F* 600 f/4 and the A* 645 600 f/5.6. I also thought it was interesting the FA* 250-600 was not listed in the documentation under compatible lenses. I'd be interested in testing this filter with the FA* version to see if any vignetting occurs.


The filter is large at 112mm, but it is also thick. It protrudes deeply from the collapsed hood on the F* 250-600 and although it fit, it was a little too snug in the custom case I designed for the lens (shown below). I have now switched the filters so the B+W one is on the F* 250-600 and the Pentax one is on the DA 560.




These images were taken with the K-1 ii and the Tamron 90 Macro (272E version). The Tamron 55mm lens cap is placed next to the filter to give you an idea on the size and thickness.


From left to right, B+W F-Pro 112mm filter, Tamrom 55mm lens cap, Pentax 112mm PF filter.
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